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12/5/14 2:35 P

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Hi
Welcome to the team
Congrats ,your surgery it's just around the corner
It is very exiting, what a great way to start the new year .
This is a great decision . I am so happy that I got sleeved 6 months a go and lost 94 lbs already I have 40lbs to go and I beleive to make it in the first year .
Imagine how great you will be next year for the holidays .

If you have any questions don't hesitate
Yalda

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Hi, Everyone. I have been a Spark People member since 2006. I have been logging calories and exercising my brains out for years and years, and my weight just keeps staying at the same place, or higher. I'm scheduled to be sleeved on December 17th, and I can't believe how excited I am! All of your stories are so encouraging! Thank you so much, everyone, for sharing!

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10/23/14 8:25 P

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Welcome to team Deidre
We are here to encourage eachother and share our experiences

Congrats on getting approved
Me I did the sleeve a little less than 5 months a ago and very happy that I had the surgery.
You made a great decision
You will see the time will fly by , only 2 months to go
You must be so exited


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10/23/14 12:45 P

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That's awesome Deidre!!!! What a great Christmas gift! :)





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I really do much better as being the strange creeper in the corner, so let's see if I can do this...

I'm Deidre and I'm from Oklahoma. I am currently pre-op and am having an EGD done next week for the surgeon. I have already been through all the other tests that my hospital is requiring me to do. The only thing I have left, is prove that my blood pressure is not usually high (during the treadmill/stress test, the machine malfunctioned and said that my blood pressure got up to 210/160 or something crazy like that, plus since it malfunctioned, I had to start all over on it.) My BP usually stays around 130/70ish. Once the scope is done and I turn in a log for my BP, I should be able to find out a date for surgery (provided that I get approved by insurance.) I am planning to have Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Decided on this one after speaking with all of the doctors I have had to see.
I'm really not much for talking about myself, and I am a much better lurker than contributor. I just thought I would let people know I am actually out here, i guess.


*Edit* - Just spoke with my insurance company, and they approved the surgery. The date they show for me to be admitted to the hospital is December 22nd!!

Edited by: DEIDRE82 at: 10/23/2014 (11:29)
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Hi Dawn! I'm doing the same thing - trying out different protein shakes to find a preference. A good friend recommended Carnivour by Muscle Milk (I think) it's no sugar and no fat. :)

I'm headed to my 2nd appointment with the dietician this morning and I'm pretty excited. My psych evaluation and follow up went really well, he said from his standpoint there's nothing holding me back. I just have to watch because I'm SUPER self-sacrifical so it's something to keep in mind as I progress forward. :)



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Thanks for the welcome and for the encouragement. I have my another appointment next week, will be my third. Down 12 lbs so far. Trusting God to lead me. Excited and nervous. Trying out the different protein shakes now in an attempt to see which one(s) I prefer. Any suggestions or recommendations are welcome!

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10/3/14 8:19 P

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Hi Dawn
Welcome to the team
I wish you lots of success in your journey


Life is short, spend it happy :)

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Hi Dawn! And WELCOME to the team! We are super excited to have you to share our ups and downs -- our successes and trials! Keep us posted on your progress!
(((hugs)))
Carol

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Hi, my name is Dawn... I began this WLS process in August. I am 52 and at my highest my weight was over 300 lbs. (been overweight all my life). Currently, weighing in at 237. Tired of being tired. Want to be able to get up and move around and have ENERGY to do things! Disgusted taking so many pills at my age. Want to be able to do things with my son without him or I being embarrassed. Tired of being on a yo-yo syndrome. Want to loose the weight and have it stay off!!! Need a support system that works.

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9/29/14 12:36 P

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Hi Beth
Congratulations. On your surgery and your weight loss
40 lbs in just 3 weeks it's amazing
I am 4 months post op
With time you'll be able to drink and eat more but don't force yourself
It must feel great to not need your meds anymore
Good luck with the rest of the journey

Kaza

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Hi everyone!
My name is Beth and I am almost 3 weeks post-op. I had the Roux-En-Y and I am super-excited to be on this journey. I lost almost 30 pounds in the 6 month pre-op diet ordered by my insurance...and I have lost almost 40lbs in the 3 weeks since surgery!!
It is definitely a challenge to get all the fluid and the 80 grams of protein daily...but I am psyched to finally be this side of the surgery and feeling so much better already!! (especially since I can taste real food now instead of just shakes!!)
I got to stop my BP meds before the surgery due to the 30lbs lost and I am finally rid of my "heavy leg" from poor circulation and swelling. I can wear the same size shoes for the first time in years! I really miss my coffee (got another 9 days til I can have again...), but am so ready to be healthy again!
Congrats to all and good luck to everyone still waiting...may you all be blessed in all that you do!!

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9/20/14 6:01 P

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Hi Karri! And Welcome to the team!! We're here to encourage and support you along the way! Keep us posted with your updates!!


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9/14/14 10:11 P

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Hi karri
Welcome to the team.
You have made a great decision . I wish you all the best.
I have had the sleeve my self 3 1/2 months a go . I have lost 65 lbs in the past 4 months
It's a great feeling.
I hope that you get your surgery date ASAP .
Kaza

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Hi everyone!
I'm Karri, 32 years old, currently an intern at the church I attend, living in NW Ohio. I'm in the early process - just had my first appointment with the dietitian, psych eval coming up on the 30th,with insurance requirements possibly December or January for surgery. I'm leaning towards having the sleeve unless the surgeon suggests otherwise. I'm excited for this!



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emoticon to all the new members emoticon

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Hi JR! I'm glad you found us too! There are many here who have had a sleeve and we hope we can encourage you along the way!!
((hugs))
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Hi Tamara! And WELCOME to the team. I pray all goes smoothly this month with all your pre-op appointments. Keep us posted!!
((hugs))
Carol

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Hey All,

I'm getting ready to see my surgeon in a couple weeks and set a date for my VSG surgery. I'm a little nervous, and a little excited at the same time. I'm glad I found this group!


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Hi, I'm Tamara. I don't really know what to say. I'm just starting my WLS journey but it's been something I've been thinking about for a while. I'm 31 and 283 lbs. right now. I'm a probation officer and mother of two. I would love to have more children; specially since my husband doesn't have any biological children. I need to get the weight off first. That and I would like to be able to move again without pain. I've been heavy all of my life and I don't want to die before my time; I'm not done yet! LOL. Ummm, I will have my BMR test done on 9-30-14 and then decide for sure what surgery we are going to do. My surgeon thinks that it will most likely be a duodenal switch but we will review the test results to decide. Thanks.

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Hi Teresa! My youngest is a Senior in High School too! And, I like you, really started to feel the pain of being overweight -- back, knees, hips -- you name it, it hurt. Surgery has changed my life for the better in so many ways! I pray you have a smooth pre-op journey. Let us know when you have a surgery date!!
(((hugs)))
~ Carol

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emoticon to the group Teresa and congratulations for taking control of your health. I can assure you after your surgery you will begin to see a big improvement in your health.

Connie
RNY Date: 8/8/2013
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"Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." ~ Charles Schultz ~

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I"m possible!" ~Audrey Hepburn ~


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Hi group! My name is Teresa. I am just starting my pre-op journey. I am currently 269 pounds. I have spent the past 10 years as a single mom with all my energies devoted to raising my 3 kids. My youngest is now a high school senior and its time for me. My health is not great with lots of pain. I hope the weight loss will improve my quality of life.

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9/5/14 11:02 A

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Hi Sarah
emoticon on your surgery date. I hope everything goes smoothly for you.
I am also 30 years old , over 3 months post op ( sleeve)
Very happy about my decision and I'm sure you'll be to.
Good luck
Kaza

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Hi Sarah! And welcome! I am super excited for your upcoming surgery and pray we all can be an encouragement and support to you along the way!

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Hi guys :)
My name is Sarah, I'm 30 and currently 342 lbs. High weight was 360. I'm a store manager with Lane Bryant and I am happily married. In February, I will be getting the duodenal switch suggested by my surgeon. Makes me a little nervous since I am more familiar with the roux ny but I trust his judgment :) I have been over 300 lbs since I was 12 so any opportunity to live a healthier life and have children would be a dream come true. It's has always felt so out of my control no matter what choices I made. I'm excited to get to know others in the same boat through the process and beyond

will power isn't something you stumble upon, it's something you work for and create knowing that your goals are more important than the fat and sugar sitting infront of you!


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Welcome to the group Dawn

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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7/19/14 3:39 P

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Hello Dawn and welcome to the team.

Connie
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"Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." ~ Charles Schultz ~

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I"m possible!" ~Audrey Hepburn ~


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Hi Dawn! And welcome! I pray we can be an encouragement and support you on the crazy journey!

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Hi,

My name is Dawn and I had VSG November 2009. I am struggling to re-lose about 50 pounds of my initial weightloss and then to go beyond and reach my goals. I look forward to getting to know you and picking your brains and sharing our successes and struggles.


Faith can move mountains -- even ones made of flesh.

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Thank you all so much. I'll keep posting :)

"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." ~~ Babe Ruth
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emoticon emoticon ROWEENA So happy to have you.

Connie
RNY Date: 8/8/2013
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"Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." ~ Charles Schultz ~

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I"m possible!" ~Audrey Hepburn ~


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Hi Roweena! And WELCOME to the team! The 2 week pre-op will seem to drag on and on, but will be over before you know it! Keep us posted on your up coming surgery date!
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Hi Everyone,
I have not had surgery yet, I am still doing all my pre-op tasks. I've been to the seminar, my surgeon, had my psych eval, cardiac ultrasound (was really cool) and met with a nutritionist. So far so great with everything. I am only worried about the 2 week pre-op diet, don't get me wrong, I know it is necessary and I WILL do it, but I know that my body will be starving and screaming for me to eat. But it is only 2 weeks.

I'm not sure when they will schedule me for surgery, I'm waiting to hear. Glad I found this group, I've been on Spark for a long time and it showed when I spoke with the Nutritionist, Yea Spark People. I was resistant to the surgery for a long time, but now I feel it's my only hope. I know it my heart that it will go well and I'm really excited. While waiting, I'm practicing eating slower, not eating in front of the TV and tracking my food, watching fats and calories, etc.

Good to see all of you. :)

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emoticon Tammy
Hope you are feeling well - you have done a good job so far! Keep it up!

Becky B*

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Tammy - WOW that's awesome to be down 14 pounds after the first two weeks! Woooo Hoooo!

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Welcome, Tammy! I'm glad you've joined our team. You'll find a lot of support and new friends here on SP. Let us know if you have any questions. I got a lot of support and great advise after I had my surgery. We're all here to support each other.

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Hi everyone, I'm Tammy, 2 weeks post op from gastric bypass revision surgery and down 14 pounds! Yay!

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That is great connie that you are off your Medication.
My mom and sisters take thyroid pills and my thyroid it's on the border so maybe I have to be
On medication soon. Anyway, way to go on beating cancer and losing all that weight. You are very strong :)

I still don't know if I would tell every person who asked me( like the clients at works)
I have to be at that moment to know.
Kaza

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OSACRUZ72:
I live in a little rural community in the country called Mittie, my husband was raised here. We live on 50 acres along with five other family members, all in separate homes.We lived in Bossier for about five years while my husband worked for the railroad.

I have never kept having my surgery from people, when they ask how I lost my weight I tell them. I have had people say it's the easy way out. Those people are just clueless to what we have gone through. If they lived one week in our shoes they would see it's not as easy as they think. I've had to learn, all a new how to eat and drink. Weight loss surgery is not magic, poof and your skinny there is a lot of work to it. But it's worth it. My biggest fear now is gaining back what I lost. My husband worries that I'm losing too much. Some of the people who say it's easy and criticize you are really just jealous and wish they would be brave enough to do the surgery themselves.

I am on thyroid medicine as I had thyroid cancer in 2008, my thyroid was completely removed. I will always have to stay on thyroid medicines. But I'm off of all 4 insulin shots and 10 pills I took daily. That in it's self was worth everything I went through to get to where I am today.

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Osacruz
I so agree with you ,and I feel and felt the same way as you.
We will do this for ourselves to enjoy the rest of our lives .
Kaza

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I have been very open to everyone about the fact I had weight loss surgery. I have yet to have anyone say I took the easy way out. If anything, they have asked me so many questions about it because it's not something that many people know a lot about. My family and friends have all been very supportive so I feel very lucky.

Andrea (NSCRFAN)

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

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5/16/14 11:12 P

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Hi Kaza !

Everyone in my family supports me having this surgery. They have been wanting me to do it for quite a long time because they saw how much pain I was in , and how I was not able to enjoy life the way I wanted.
I of course kept thinking I could do it myself. That I would not succumb to weight loss surgery. That people that had the surgery had given up all hope and were just not willing to try it one more time.
But then if finally dawned on me......The reason I got as big as I did was because I kept giving myself one more time. One more time to try this diet, one more time to try the next fad diet. Sure I lost weight. 10 pounds here, 50 pounds there.....but even 50 pounds was just the tip of the iceberg on what kind of poundage I needed to lose. So one feels defeated , and turns to what has always been there. So I gained what I lost PLUS more. Yoyo dieting at its best.
And as for hope....I am having surgery not because I have lost all of it....but because I still have it. There is hope for myself that I can live a healthy life at a weight that does not hindrance me.
I had to really educate myself on bariatric surgery to understand the profoundness of it.
That while it IS a life saver ....I have to make sure I follow the rules and regulations to keep this boat a float.
If not...its going to fill with holes and I could go back to drowning again. My life, health , marriage, mentality and spirit can NOT let that happen . I am at peace now with the whole idea and my Lord walks each step of the way with me.

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5/16/14 10:38 P

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Hi osacruz
I know how you feel about people judging about the surgery. I do have the same concern.
I told my closest friends and my mom only and they support me. For the rest of them I don't think I'll talk about it ,the truth is I don't want everyone to know .as my friend told me, it's your business and your decision to tell people. I'll know what to so say when i get there.
We have to remind ourselves that we are living for ourself and we should not pay attention of others judgement. ( I know that is not easy at least not for me)
We are doing this because we tried so hard before and Felled so we are getting help . And this is not the easy way out ,it takes a lot of efforts to.

Let's educate some people. Lol emoticon
Kaza

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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5/16/14 8:42 P

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Thank you CSYOUNG1952 !
Where at in Louisiana do you live? I was from the Shreveport/Bossier City area.

When I lived in Siloam Springs Arkansas we would ride the back roads to Kansas and visit some friends. I loved living there. Beautiful area indeed.

I hope with this surgery I can get off the thyroid and BP medications.

A few days ago I had a really down and crying day. Thought maybe I was doing the wrong thing...but what it boiled down to , was the fact I was afraid what others opinions were going to be of me for having the surgery. And then I thought ..WHOAAA Nelly !!! This is MY life, MY health and when it comes down to it...MY business. If they don't support it , or think its the "easy" way out....well they are probably the same people who make fun of me behind my back because of my size. I understand there are going to be people who are honestly concerned and I will be happy to educate them. But for the others.....well maybe I will just have to educate them too! LOL



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5/16/14 5:25 P

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emoticon Hey there Osacruz72 it's good to see you on the boards. I'm from Kansas and live in Louisiana. I had to do the three month diet thing it wasn't too bad. I had thyroid cancer in 2008 and had my thyroid completely removed and also took the treatments. You've made a wise decision to take control of your life. Having the surgery will improve the quality of your life immensely. Welcome aboard and don't be a stranger jump in and get your feet good and wet.



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RNY Date: 8/8/2013
Pre Surgery Weight: 255
My Goal Weight: 150

"Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." ~ Charles Schultz ~

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I"m possible!" ~Audrey Hepburn ~


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It sounds like you have a great plan already in process and I wish you the best of luck. I'm sure you'll do great. Sounds like a lot of hoops to jump through with your insurance. I hope it all goes well and you can get your date sooner rather than later. Good Luck!

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Thank you for the welcome CLYNNTHOMAS and NSCRFAN ! :)

I live in Alhambra. It is about 8 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

The day I went to talk with my primary doctor about weight loss surgery was the day I was actually put on HB medication. ( I took it as a sign) I also take thyroid medication and some inflammatory for bad knees.
He agreed and supported my decision and gave me a Clinical Practice Guideline Flow Chart.
He then put in a referral for me to start attending the 6 month program. ( Which my medical group and insurance requires).

I have Blue Shield of California and I go to Facey Medical Group. My insurance does cover weight loss surgery. My BMI is way over 40.
My insurance requires that surgery can only be done at certain approved hospitals and by certain surgeons who are in a "contract" with my medical group.
So my surgeon will be Dr.Philippe Quilici of Providence Saint Joseph Hospital in Burbank California. I will not get to see him until after the 6 months and having been authorized by the utilization management.
The surgeons office will then do all the pre surgical consultations ( psych, pre surgical evaluation etc.)
My bariatric coordinator said that as long as I have everything checked off on the list, and my insurance gives the go ahead...he said I should be able to get my surgery in November or December latest would be Jan or Feb.

I am trying to lose 60 pounds while on the 6 month program.
Even then I will STILL have a BMI over 40.
I just would like to lose enough weight to make it a bit easier for my surgeon and perhaps make my recovery time a bit better.

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Welcome Oascruz72! I am originally from California (San Jose) but currently reside in Boise, Idaho. Still make at least one or two trips a year down to the Bay area to visit family though.

I did not have a 6 month pre-op so I'm not going to be much help there but I did have a great gal at my surgeons office that helped get my paperwork through insurance and approved right away. Definitely ask for advice on getting the insurance approval so that you can move forward with your surgery.

There is a lot of support and friendships to be made here on SP so please know that we are all here to support each other on our weight loss journey.

Andrea (NSCRFAN)

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

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5/13/14 9:12 A

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Hi Osacruz72! And Welcome!

I'm in California too! I'm in Mariposa, up near Yosemite National Park and had my surgery in Fresno, CA. Are you close to me?

The 6 months pre-op will fly by in no time. Just follow the instructions from your surgeon and PCP......and check with the girl in your surgeon's office who actually processes the insurance paper work for any suggestions for getting the insurance to approve your surgery (the girl in my office gave me tons of advice). My PCP was totally on board with surgery, but was unfamiliar with what needed to be documented for the insurance co. -- I was denied the first time she submitted the paperwork. I had to do another 6 months and with the advice from the surgeon's office, she documented a ton more and I was approved.

I will pray that all goes smoothly for you and you get a surgery date right away!!!!!
God Bless You~
~ Carol

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5/12/14 11:07 P

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Hello Everyone !

I have lived in California for the last 9 years but I am actually a Texas/Louisiana gal. :)

I am pre op and just went to my first 6 month Supervised Weight Loss Bariatric Education Program last Wednesday.

They did not give us any type of diet as of yet , so I decided to join back up on SparkPeople (for the 4th time ) and watch my calorie intake.



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Thank you Becky
I found that you did lose a good amount of wait already
I can't wait to start my journey, feel better . Sit comfortably in any seats , no more back pain and more ... Feeling more alive doing more things that I limit myslef because of my age.
I really didn't live in most of my 20 s , now that I'm 30 it's time to get the control and leave my life.
This support group is already helping me . It's so comforting to read all you replies
Thanks
Kaza

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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emoticon Kaza!

I had a sleeve in January - my weight loss has been a little slower than some but I have been exercising a lot including heavy weight lifting. In spite of the scale being slow, I have lost body fat percentage and gone down in clothing sizes. Biggest thing is that I feel so much better and can do so much more now -- it can only get better from here.

Good luck on your upcoming surgery. Staying in touch with this group really helps for support and getting any questions answered. There is also a team for those getting ready to have a sleeve or who have had a sleeve - it is called Gastric Sleevers.

Becky B*

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Thank you
I am going to have the sleeve .
I don't have a good relationship with food so I'm scared of how I will handle everything after the surgery .. My sister gained so much of the weight she lost ...it's sad... So I hope to be able to control myself ... Even with a pregnancy if I get pregnant and gain weight .. I know I am overthinking it.....
I appreciate your support
Thank you

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